Interactive Books (iBooks)

What is an interactive book?

It is a multi-touch book, which can be read on:

  • any iPad from iPad 2 onwards
  • iPhone or iPod Touch updated to iOS 8.4 (or later)
  • any Apple computer/laptop running the Mavericks (or later) operating system

How is it different from an ebook?

An interactive textbook is an entirely new kind of book that’s dynamic, engrossing and engages the reader directly with the content. It typically carries enriched media, such as videos, picture galleries and user-controlled images, which cannot be displayed in a standard ebook.

You can set bookmarks, add notes or highlight passages, and access dictionary definitions. You can also choose to have the page text read aloud to you.

Our interactive books are created using iBooks Author and are distributed on the iBooks Store where they can be downloaded FREE OF CHARGE.

If you would like to be notified of new publications, please e-mail the University of South Wales iTunes U team.

Interactive books published by USW

Vision to Viewer: Your idea from script to screen by Heledd Wyn

Getting an idea for a movie from conception to screen is a process that requires many different skillsets: creative, technical, interpersonal, organisational. Understanding these skillsets and how they, and the people who possess them, fit together is integral to creating a successful film.

Our free, Multi-touch iBooks Textbook, 'Vision to Viewer: your idea from script to screen’, written by Heledd Wyn (Course Leader Media Production Bilingual), is an excellent guide to all aspects film-making, including story development, screenwriting, direction, filming, editing, producing and distribution. The reader is taken logically and sequentially through the film-making process, and introduced to the skills required for a successful film.

'Vision to Viewer: your idea from script to screen’ is an English translation of the Cadarn award winning Welsh language paperback publication Syniad i’r Sgrîn that was released in 2016. This multi-touch book includes video interviews with industry figures giving advice on various aspects of the process of film-making and clips of short films by USW students.

This book is aimed at anyone with an interest in creating short films or movies. However, there is plenty here to interest anyone with a general interest in film who is curious about how their favourite films are produced.

Download Vision to Viewer from the iBooks Store for free.

Vision to Viewer iBook cover

Ystrad Stories

This anthology of short stories inspired by the paintings of Ernest Zobole is a 'student showcase’ publication compiled by MA Arts Practice graduate Sharon Magill.

Ystrad Stories is a community storytelling project connecting the paintings of local artist Ernest Zobole with the lives and experiences of the Rhondda Valley community. Working with residents of the Rhondda, and the village of Ystrad in particular, the project used the works of Zobole to prompt memories and experiences of the valley and to explore storytelling as a response.gathers original reminiscences and short stories by people local to the South Wales Valleys, inspired by works of Welsh artist Ernest Zobole who portrayed the Valleys during the 20th century.

Download Ystrad Stories from the iBooks Store for free.

Ystrad Stories iBook cover

Research Methods | English version

Straightforward and comprehensive ★★★★★ This book is written with the student in focus and takes the reader through the logical steps of carrying out a research project. It is suitable for final year first degree and also some masters programmes. There is a convincing depth to the information supplied and the video and audio really help in getting concepts and ideas across. I would recommend it for its practical overview of a process students find difficult.” (iBooks Store customer review, Mar 2015)

Research Methods for Business Students, Managers and Entrepreneurs (Dr Ramadan Djebarni) is the first media-rich, interactive book on this subject in the world.

Published by the University of South Wales, Research Methods provides a foundation for research, both for academic study and for practical application in a business environment. It is distributed free on iBooks Store to 51 countries worldwide as a contribution to our ongoing commitment to open education resources.

In Research Methods, you’ll find video, audio and image gallery illustrations that bring key concepts and examples to life, while a detailed case study runs through the book, following the experiences of a (fictional) student through the stages of her research project. At selected points in the main text, a reflective activity is introduced to encourage you to consider or explore the aspect under discussion.

This book is equivalent to a full module of study at Masters’ Level, and is the result of collaboration between a wide range of academic and professional staff of the University of South Wales. The book’s video animations can also be downloaded from South Wales on iTunes U.

Download Research Methods from the iBooks Store for free.

A Welsh language version of Research Methods (Dulliau Ymchwil) is also available. This translation is the result of partnership working between the University of South Wales and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Download Dulliau Ymchwil from the iBooks Store for free.

Research Methods (English) book cover